High School Equivalency (HSE/GED)

If you are interested in Adult Basic Education classes, please complete our form to start the process and we will contact you with details. If you have additional questions, call 847-214-6904 or email ABECRegistration@elgin.edu.

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Elgin Community College is a community partner and offers high school equivalency (HSE/GED®) preparatory classes, ESL classes, and transition services for community members. Many of our students also take advantage of ECC’s workforce development services.

ABE & ASE Class Offerings

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes: Instruction in reading, math, writing, and computers and improving basic skills. Taught in English, they are offered in the mornings and afternoons Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters and Monday through Thursday in the summer.
  • Adult Secondary Education (ASE) classes: Taught in Spanish, they are offered on Friday nights and Saturday mornings during the fall and spring semesters and weekdays in the evenings during the summer semester. Cover secondary-level skills in the same areas and science and social studies, including the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions.
  • ECC offers an online high school equivalency preparation course for those who qualify by meeting the scoring requirements on their reading and math placement tests. This class is only offered for more advanced students. Call 847-214-6948 for more information.

Pre-Registration Testing

Before you can get started with classes to complete high school equivalency (HSE) in Illinois, you’ll take the HiSET® high school equivalency placement test; an assessment of academic skills, to help determine appropriate placement and success in classes. The HiSET® test is paper-based and administered on most Mondays at Elgin Community College. Learn more about the HiSET® HSE placement test

All ABE/ASE classes are free of charge. Students attending ECC on certain types of visas are not permitted to enroll in the free adult education program. You cannot be currently enrolled in high school to ABE classes.

High School Equivalency FAQ

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Online Registration

Sign-up for classes using our online form, and we will contact you to complete the process.

Email ABECRegistration@elgin.edu or call 847-214-6904 for more information.

How to register

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Approximately $612,638 (36%) of the Illinois Adult Education and Literacy Program cost at Elgin Community College is federally funded under Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.